“bowes academy” – this weekend

Bowes Academy has been tearing it up in the film festival circuit, lately. I wrote a bonkers orchestral score for it, and Jeffery Dennis Smith wrote a magnificent “alma mater” song, performed beautifully by the Bowesmen. It’s screening in Minneapolis and Fort Lauderdale, this weekend! Be sure to check it out! Minneapolis Underground Film Festival. Thursday, October 8th. 5:00p. St. Anthony Main Theatre. 115 Main St. SE. Minneapolis, MN. 55414. Miami and Fort Lauderdale (MiFo) LGBT Film Festival. Sunday, October 11th. 5:15p. Cinema Paradiso. 503 SE 6th Street. Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 33301.    ...

new projects

Two projects that I’m attached to are currently in the last stages of their crowdfunding campaigns. Please take a minute to check out these great film and TV projects, and consider supporting them. Market Value is a dramatic feature dealing with issues surrounding LGBT adoption rights and illegal adoption. They’ve already finished filming, and they are crowdsourcing funding for post-production (which includes me!). Here is the trailer: Market Value Film | Teaser Trailer from Wendell Etherly on Vimeo. Easy Abby is the #1 web series in America, with over 30 million views! They are getting ready to shoot Season 2, and they have a perk-filled IndieGoGo campaign to entice you. Here’s an episode (potentially NSFW): Writing music for wildly different projects, like these, is always such a joy (and it keeps my brain on its toes). I’m looking so forward to getting started. Thanks for your...

dharma project: “revisiting the roman forum”

I just had the pleasure of working with Director William Donaruma and Cinematographer John Klein (Fate Accompli) on this beautiful short for the DHARMA Project. DHARMA is a student-led team from the University of Notre Dame, that has been documenting international heritage sites with a 3-D laser scanner, giving us the most accurate depictions of them, possible. This film deals with their work on the Roman Forum. I was thrilled to work with this team, and I’ll be sharing more of our collaborations in the future! Enjoy! Revisiting the Roman Forum: From Pen to Pixel from William Donaruma on...

news: “love taps,” outer voices, “alex & ali,” short-film-a-palooza, and more…

It’s a very busy next couple of weeks, here, at BPB! Here’s the scoop: Love Taps, the full-length tap opera that I originally wrote, with Chicago Tap Theatre Artistic Director Mark Yonally, in 2010 is being remounted next week. With a new script by poetry slam creator Marc Kelly Smith, and a live on-stage band playing the brand new arrangements, it’s going to be a really exciting show. The audience gets to be a dating website, to choose a different second act every night! Running March 14, 15, 21, & 22 at 8m, and March 17 & 23 at 3pm. Stage 773. 1225 W. Belmont. Go here for tickets!   Outer Voices is a brand-new vocal group – founded by composers Kenn Kumpf and Robert Reinhart – dedicated to the performance of obscure one-per-part vocal repertoire from before 1750 and after 1950. I’m really thrilled and quite humbled to be performing with this group in their debut concert on Sunday, March 16th, at the Swedish American Museum in Andersonville. It’s a free concert, and suitable for all ages. We would love to see you there.   At the beginning of February, I had the pleasure of heading out to LA to work on the final sound mix of Alex & Ali, the highly-anticipated documentary that I’ve been working on for almost 2 years. Director Malachi Leopold, Associate Music Producer Gabriel Dib, and I had the incredible honor of working with legendary sound mixer Geoffrey Rubay (Basic Instinct, The Fifth Element, Serenity) at Sony Studios in Culver City, and the results are nothing short of stunning. We’re looking very forward...

“love taps” returns

I’m incredibly pleased to announce that Love Taps is once again hitting the stage here in Chicago, in the spring of 2014. Originally conceived by Chicago Tap Theatre Artistic Director Mark Yonally and me in 2010, Love Taps introduces you to a cast of lonely urban dwellers, and then invites the audience to play match-making website. Every night the choices are the same, but the endings can change, based on what the audience chooses. The original score featured lyrics from a number of poets, lyricists, and writers, but – for the new version – we’ve pared all of the songs down to their instrumental roots. The new arrangements – created by music director Kurt Schweitz, my associate Jordan Lewis, and myself – will be performed by a small ensemble of multi-instrumentalists – guitar, bass, keyboards, piano, mandolin, and accordion – live on stage at every performance. The script – or bible – for Love Taps has been beautifully rewritten by Marc Kelly Smith (creator of the poetry slam), and will feature some new music written especially for the revamped version of the show. Starting March 14th at Stage 773, we hope to see you there! Here is some music from the original to whet your...

“scary normal”

The wonderful feature film, “Scary Normal”, written and directed by my dear friend and frequent collaborator Jennifer Bechtel, is getting ready for its world premiere at the Midwest Lesbian Bisexual Gay Transgender Ally College Conference in Lansing, MI on February 9th, 2013. I was so thrilled to work on this film, and especially thrilled that I got to create a unique sonic palette for the film in conjunction with Associate Music Producer Gabriel Dib. We took a selection of pots and pans from my kitchen, along with some other household objects we purchased at Home Depot, and spent a couple of days banging on them with mallets, brushes, and wooden spoons. We then chopped up the samples and used them to create Kontakt and EXS instruments, to be used liberally throughout the film. We also sampled an open-tuned acoustic guitar being played with snare brushes, and threw in some other quirky sounds to create a sound we felt married perfectly with the milieu of the characters. You can hear some excerpts from the score right...